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Youth Advisory Board

Who are they?

Made up of 10 incredible young people aged 12-17 from across the UK, the Board will work closely with our leadership team and with staff from across the organisation. The Board's goal is to ensure we amplify young voices and stay true to holding children's rights at the heart of everything we do.

The current Youth Advisory Board members joined us at the beginning of 2021, after an open recruitment process. The Board will have the opportunity to learn, shape and get stuck into projects across our UK work, including fundraising, campaigning, media and communications.

Meet the Youth Advisory Board members

Arunima, 14, London

Arunima, 14, London

I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because it is a fantastic opportunity to learn about how large charitable organisations operate and also to be able to work with them and provide a child's perspective in some of the decisions they make. Some people who inspire me are:

  • My family, who I learn from every day and feel extremely grateful to have
  • Jacob Lief, whom I first learnt about from his book, I am Because You Are, which left a huge impact on me
  • Malala Yousefzai - after reading about the way she campaigned for girls rights to an education, she made me want to learn more about the rights of children, particularly those that are especially vulnerable, or in less fortunate positions, and what we can do to help.

Ayesha, 16, Essex

I chose to join the Save the Children Youth Advisory Board because I am passionate about changing the world for the better. There are so many injustices that children face every single day, and the voices of the younger generation are too often overlooked. 

Although we are so much younger than the decision makers of our society, we still have valid opinions and ideas on how we can make this world a better place for all of us to live. It is going to be our children and our grandchildren that are living in the world after the older generation have gone. 

So I believe it is in our best interest to work as children, for children.

Ellie, 17, County Down

Ellie, 17, County Down

I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because I love the work Save the Children do and I wanted to help in any way I can. 

I am really inspired by other young activitsts - whether it's for climate change or gender equality, I am always amazed by teenagers determination and drive for change!

My proudest moment is when I successfully lobbied our Education Minister for free period products in schools in NI. This change is really important to me as it means all girls are able to attend school and receive an education, and are not at a disadvantage to their peers because of their income.

Elin, 17, Gwynedd

Elin, 18, Gwynedd

I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because having the chance to make a difference in the world is extremely important to me. I knew joining the board and offering my perspective was the right thing to do. 

Every single person is capable of making a change in this world, and all children deserve the same opportunities in order to open their eyes to changes they can make, and the strength their voice holds.

The song I would choose to best describe me would likely be Lean On Me, by Bill Withers. My dad always sung it to me from a young age and the reason it best decribes me is due to the fact that no matter what I will always try my hardest to be there for others.

Ivan, 15, Hertfordshire

Ivan, 16, Hertfordshire

I decided to apply to join the Save the Children Youth Advisory Board because I am hoping to follow a career in international development to try and help countries around the world reach their true potential.

I'm also an avid pianist, cellist and organist and GB's No. 1 visially impaired tennis player.

A person who inspires me is William Kambwamba for his amazing perseverance in extremely difficult circumstances by coming up with the idea to convert wind energy to pump water resulting in supplying water to his whole village and beyond and saving them from the famine. He is a true example of what young people can do if given the opportunity.

Talha, 17, Essex

Talha, 17, Essex

I joined the Youth Advisory Board because I am inspired by Save the Children's approach of communicating and encouraging children to give a positive contribution to society - I can't wait to be a part of this journey with them. 

I’d say that a song that describes me is Edge of the Ocean by Ivy. It talks about how the more things change, the more they tend to stay the same from the perspective of moving to a new place. 

I’ve always felt that this place doesn’t have to be a physical change alone; new people, experiences and challenges present different opportunities and come with it, different perspectives. It sums up how I felt when I first came to the UK and how I was excited yet apprehensive about the change that I was going to experience.

Olga, 18, Essex

Olga, 18, Essex

I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because so many young people are keen on making the world a better place but often lack genuine influence on what decisions are made. 

With the Youth Advisory Board I really want to change this so that young people can have an active role and be at the forefront in the decisions that impact their lives and future.

If I were CEO for a day, I would create more accessible work and volunteering opportunities in Save the Children for young people under 18 so that a more diverse range of people can get involved in the charity.

Reese, 18, Devon

Reese, 18, Devon

I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because it believe that it will allow me to collaborate with like minded teenagers and adults to influence change and talk about pertinent issues.

I'm currently studying for my A-Levels and have a passion for academics and also sports - netball and athletics. I love travelling and hope that I get the opportunity to explore the beauties of the world!

If I was to pick a song that describes me it would be Levitating by Dua Lipa and DaBaby - I think it embodies my bubble personality and you can often find me listening to this on a run!

Yasmeen, 17, London

Yasmeen, 17, London

Volunteering for an incredible charity like Save The Children has been an ambition of mine for years! As a young person, I believe that we must take proactive steps to help shape our society, becoming more accepting and equal in every way possible. Finding the Advisory Board role was a breakthrough moment for me. 

Joining the Board is one of the best decisions I have ever made; it gives us a voice and allows us to share our perspectives on different topics and issues (a rare occurrence in wider society, unfortunately).

I would say the person who inspires me the most is my grandmother. She is an intelligent, compassionate woman who has experienced an incredible amount of adversity, which she managed to both overcome and grow from.

Zainab, 13, Midlothian

Zainab, 13, Midlothian

I decided to join the Youth Advsiosry Board so that I could help take part in all the work the Save the Children does. I really want to be part of helping those less fortunate and helping to give them a better life and a better future. 

If  I were CEO for a day I would push for global peace and try to raise lots of money with a sponsored activity, and start a project to help street children attend school, have access to shelter, proper meals, and better health care and achieve their dreams.

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